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26 Charged With Prescription Fraud

DETROIT, Aug. 3 (UPI) — A Michigan pharmacist who owns 20 drugstores orchestrated a scheme that cost Medicare and Medicaid $60 million, federal prosecutors say.

Babubhai “Bob” Patel, 49, of Canton, 12 pharmacists, four doctors and others were named in an indictment unsealed Tuesday, The Detroit News reported. A total of 26 defendants were named.

Investigators say Patel recruited patients who were willing, in exchange for kickbacks. to participate in fraud.

Medicare and Medicaid were allegedly billed for drugs that were not needed and in some cases not supplied. He allegedly paid kickbacks to doctors who wrote prescriptions “without regard to the medical necessity of those prescriptions and services.”

All the defendants face charges of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud. Most were also charged with conspiring to distribute controlled substances, including OxyContin, Xanax and a codeine cough syrup.

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    It will be interesting to see how this case is treated. If I’m not mistaken, we have two characters in the W H who are always eager to pretend to give a damn about Americans who are on Medicare and Medicaid.
    ‘The lure of easy money’ is more than just some words from a song, people. It also makes a difference if those who are supposed to be protecting citizens get off their rumps and do their job.
    Congress has been spectacularly indifferent about three generations of welfare fraud. I suspect there’s way too much money changing hands for some people in Congress to want to see it stopped. What does welfare fraud have to do with this? THINK.
    If they dig deep into this case, they might find some other related issues that will make the boys and girls in Congress seem more like unindicted co-conspirators, and not responsible leaders who are entitled to stay in Washington until they see fit to retire.
    Right is right right, and wrong is wrong. We know that. So what does it take to force the sunny beaches in Washington to understand it and act on it?
    Enter teams of lawyers to protect the bastards who ripped off Medicare and Medicaid. Let the games begin.


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